Our farewells in Illinois were difficult. Neighbors and friends stopped by and called to wish us a safe journey, but amidst the sad hugs and smiles I focused toward the time when we would return for our next visit.
I walked around our house and said my goodbyes on Saturday but the evening was the hardest. I've told everyone that Tif would be fine but she wasn't. Seeing silent tears spilling over from her large sad eyes tore me apart. KC sensed the import of the occasion. I don't know how much she understood but she understood something. She threw herself into my arms and nuzzled her face into mine, smiling her happy, questioning smile. She reached for "Pappa" and wrapped her arms around his neck. Tucked away safely in her car seat, I could see her still waving frantically as their car drove off. "Bye bye, Gobby!" "Bye bye, Pappa!" I can still hear her.
Our flights to Salt Lake City, Utah and then connecting on to Honolulu International Airport on Delta Airlines was on time and pretty easy. When we got home, it felt strange and disorienting. The temperatures were 36 degrees F when we left our home at 5:30 AM. Landing in Hawaii, it was in the 70's. There was no snow. Everything was green! My turtleneck top became stifling.
My brother, Dennis picked us up at the airport and we got ready for our birthday celebration for my sister-in-law, Nancy. It was wonderful to see everybody again. My mother had prepared some of our favorite dishes and was happy to have us back again. Miho, a fabulous cook also prepared a tasty dish for us to all enjoy.
(This is a photo of Art, Dennis, Nancy and my nephews Cody and Barry with his wife Miho. My mother is seated next to Nancy.)
We made a point of going to bed as late as we could to get ourselves acclimated to Hawaiian time but I still woke up at 3:30 AM this morning. Since we'd been up nearly 24 hours yesterday, I imagine it will take us a bit of time to get back to normal.
It's a new day. There's a lot to do and then.... I'll be looking forward to seeing what you all have been up to!